Over the past 20 years, Human Nature has forged one of the most successful careers in Australian music history. Having released eight albums and numerous singles, the band has sold millions of CDs around the world.
Starting their careers as the vocal group “The 4 Trax”, brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney joined with school mates Toby Allen and Phil Burton in 1989, representing their high school (Hurlstone Agricultural High) in a local concert near their home city of Bankstown, New South Wales Australia.
After an initial stint with street corner singing, “The 4 Trax” started competing in talent quests (winning every one they entered!) and built up a following performing in local venues. Soon after they began sending original demos of songs written by Michael and Andrew, to record companies around Australia. The story goes that the band was signed to Sony Music Australia after walking into the office of CEO Denis Handlin and performing their a cappella version of “People Get Ready” … The boys were signed on the spot, changed the name to Human nature and the rest, as they say, is history.
Human nature released its first album “Telling Everybody” in December 1996 and it went on to achieve triple platinum status – one of the biggest Australian artist debut successes of all time. The lead single from the album was “Got It Goin’ On” with “Tellin’ Everybody”, “Wishes”, “Don’t Say Goodbye”, “Whisper Your Name”, and “People Get Ready” also released as singles. “Wishes” was the biggest hit single in Australia that summer and ultimately the boys’ breakout song. During this time the group was given the extraordinary opportunity of building their reputation and profile by working as support act for superstar performers Michael Jackson and Celine Dion on their respective Australian tours.
1997 saw the vocal group team up with legendary Australian singer John Farnham to record “Every Time You Cry” (which was one of the biggest hits of the year), and due to the success of the previous tours, were also asked personally by both Celine Dion and Michael Jackson to continue to support them throughout their European and World tours in June-September 1997. The band played to crowds often numbering over 100,000 people, and also took the stage for three nights at Wembley Stadium. Upon their return to Australia in October, Human nature embarked on their first ever national concert tour – headlining at arenas around the country.
“Counting Down” – their sophomore album – was released in 1998 and continued the band’s momentum, debuting at #1 on the Australian charts, achieving multi-platinum sales and generating five gold singles in Australia – “Last To Know”, “Don’t Cry”, “Cruel”, “Be There With You” and “Eternal Flame” (a cover version of the 1989 hit by The Bangles). The band also appeared in an Australian concert tour of symphonic versions of Beatles songs, where they worked extensively with legendary producer and “fifth Beatle” Sir George Martin, who conducted the symphony orchestra for the concerts.
The band released their third album ”Human Nature” in 2000 with lead single “He Don’t Love You” reaching the Top 20 in the UK and becoming the 2nd best selling Australian single in that year. The self-titled album was recorded in Sydney, London, Stockholm, Los Angeles and New York and once again was awarded platinum status.
September 2000 saw a major career highlight with the band performing the Australian national anthem in front of an estimated audience of 4 billion people at the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. A platinum-selling greatest hits album “Here & Now: The Best Of Human Nature” followed in late 2001. The accompanying single “Always Be With You” was also a huge chart hit.
Human Nature’s fourth studio album “Walk The Tightrope” was released in April 2004. Darren Hayes, formerly of Savage Garden, wrote the first single “When You Say You Love Me” and it reached the top 10 in Australia in 2004. The album also featured “Love Is Blind” – an original (and never before recorded) song written by the Bee Gees, a reworked cover of “Guilty” by Barry Gibb and Barbara Streisand, and a cover version of “To Be With You”, a 1992 hit by glam metal band Mr. Big.
For their fifth studio album Human Nature decided to pay tribute to the music that influenced them from the very beginning. “Reach Out” – an album of classic Motown covers – was released on 6 November 2005. It peaked at #1 on the Australian charts and has since reached 5 times platinum. They toured extensively around Australia in 2006 on “The Motown Show” tour, performing over 50 sold-out shows.
In October 2006, “Reach Out” won Human Nature their first ARIA award – for highest selling album – after a staggering 15 nominations. Following this, the band’s sixth studio album “Dancing In The Street” (part 2 of the eventual trilogy of Motown-themed albums) was released and debuted at #1.
Human Nature took their show on the road again in 2007, performing ‘in-the-road’ in arenas across Australia for the “Dancing In The Street” tour. November 2007 saw Human Nature top the ARIA albums chart yet again with “Get Ready”, their third Motown-themed album, which this time featured appearances by several original Motown legends: Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, Mary Wilson of The Supremes and The Temptations. This was the beginning of their amazing relationship with the “King of Motown” – Smokey Robinson. To date, all three Motown-themed albums have sold over a million copies in Australia. Human Nature’s total album sales in Australia number almost two million.
Early 2008 saw Human Nature perform for the first ever time in the USA, with a two month engagement at Atlantic Ciy’s Tropicana Casino. The band played to sold out shows and rave reviews. November 2008 saw the release of their ninth studio album – “A Symphony Of Hits” – a collection of Human Nature classics recorded with orchestral arrangements performed by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The album was supported by a national tour with the band performing with various orchestras, including a hugely successful series of shows with the world famous Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the iconic Sydney Opera House.
Human Nature has continued to develop their amazing connection with the Motown Sound and with new mentor Smokey Robinson, culminating in their Las Vegas debut at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in 2009. The show – “SMOKEY ROBINSON PRESENTS AUSTRALIA’S HUMAN NATURE: The Ultimate Celebration Of The Motown Sound” – opened to rave reviews on June 17.
In September 2009, Human Nature released a remixed version of the best of their Motown-themed albums throughout North America. The album, entitled “Reach Out”, is the group’s first ever release in the USA, and is available exclusively at all Barnes & Noble stores.
January 19, 2013 "SMOKEY ROBINSON PRESENTS HUMAN NATURE -- THE MOTOWN SHOW" opened at The Venetian Las Vegas.